Tom served ten years as President/CEO of the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Director for Ottawa and Franklin County before moving to Junction City for three years as President/CEO of the Junction City Chamber with duties leading economic development activities and tourism working with elected officials as well as multiple boards and taskforces.
He served on boards of directors of non-profits and for profits: Heartland Works; Chamber Executives of Kansas; Manhattan Area Tech College, KCAMP; Ottawa Coop; Franklin Savings Association; Founding member of MAKO a 4 state chamber executive and staff annual training event.
Tom has owned several businesses including a large grain and livestock farm and a feed store. Co-Owned with his son an appliance store and a Radio Shack in Ottawa.
Tom lives in Ottawa and enjoys his nine grandkids, traveling, golfing and reading.
Sara Caylor is proud to call Ottawa her home. Married to Chad Caylor, Sara and her husband have two children. In her professional life, Sara serves as the Membership Manager for Girl Scouts of Southwest Kansas and Northeast Missouri. Sara believes that helping to build courage, confidence, and character in girls through Girl Scouts will make the world a better place. Service to others has been Sara's life's work primarily working with underprivileged youth for nearly two decades.
Born and raised in Ottawa, Sara received her degree in Social Work from Washburn University. Her personal interests and activities include: Ottawa Rotary Club, Ransom Memorial Hospital Charitable Association, Westminster Presbyterian Church and Sacred Heart School. Sara is both a Graduate of Franklin County Leadership and a past member of the Franklin County Leadership Trustees.
Sara values parks particularly play parks for families. In addition, Caylor would like to see improvements to our sidewalks and roads. As with any of the Ottawa City Commissioners, Sara encourages you to contact her with any questions you may have about the City of Ottawa.
Blake Jorgensen has lived in Ottawa virtually all of his adult life moving to the community in 1987 after graduating with a B.S. degree in Agricultural Economics from Kansas State University. Blake and his wife, Kelly, have three children. Jorgensen is the Executive Vice President and a director for The Kansas State Bank in Ottawa. As a community banker, Jorgensen works hard to attract, promote and sustain local businesses, economic vitality and development in the Ottawa area.
Jorgensen has been active in the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce, the Ottawa Municipal Airport Advisory Board and was a charter director of Ottawa Main Street. He has served on the board of directors for the Franklin County Development Council, the Kansas City Area Development Council and the League of Kansas Municipalities. Prior to first being elected to the Ottawa City Commission in 2005, he served as Vice Chairman of Ottawa’s Planning Commission when it developed the City’s current Comprehensive Plan.
He believes in steadily and continually improving Ottawa’s quality of life while maintaining the City’s uniqueness and keeping taxes as low as possible. He’ll continue to work hard to expand Ottawa’s retail and industrial bases as well as expanding housing and leisure alternatives.
Mike Skidmore was born and raised in Ottawa, and graduated from OHS in 1974. He then went to Kansas State University and graduated in 1978 with a B.S. degree in Ag Economics. Mike married his high school sweetheart, Marilee Thornburg, in 1979 and has 3 grown children and one granddaughter. He began his 30+ years in banking in central Kansas, and returned to Ottawa in 1995. He and his wife are members of Ottawa Bible Church where they attend and enjoy their involvement.
Mike is currently involved in various community boards including the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce, President’s Council for Ottawa University, local representative to the Goppert Foundation, a director for Goppert State Service Bank, and treasurer for Agape Interfaith Ministries (orphanage in Jangoan India). In the past, he served on the boards of the Franklin County Development Council, (then O/FCED) and Franklin County Habitat for Humanity.
Mike feels that Ottawa has the potential for measured growth without sacrificing our identity. Ottawa is perfectly located geographically, has a strong and able workforce, is blessed with an enviable rail and highway system – making our future potential very bright. His emphasis will be economic development, and to bring better and higher-paying jobs to Ottawa.
Eric Crowley moved to Ottawa with his family in 1979 and graduated from Ottawa High School in 1996. After graduation, he began his career as an electrician and in 2006 opened Advantage Electric. Eric married Carissa Tucker in September of 2017. They have three children, Seth, Bryce, and Raegan.
He is involved in many areas of construction in Ottawa including, electrical contractor, builder/developer, foam insulator, house flipper, renovator and landlord.
Eric is a member of Leadership Franklin County Board of Trustees, Ottawa Memorial Auditorium Advisory Board, and attends meetings for Play Task Force as well as other organizations in town. He previously served on the Construction Board of Appeals.
He believes that by working together, Ottawa can be a wonderful place to live, work and raise children. As a commissioner, he wants to focus on building relationships with contractors and city officials to ensure constant, steady construction to fill housing and job needs